Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spring pickleball classic held in Towns County

Published May 26, 2016 -

The Georgia Mountain Spring Pickleball Classic was held at the Towns County Pickleball Complex in Hiawassee, Friday-Sunday, May 20-22. More than 260 players from the local area and from a dozen states traveled to Hiawassee for the event. Competitors and spectators traveled from as far away as Florida, Michigan and Colorado.

Volunteers from the Georgia Mountain Pickleball Club as well as several members of Hayesville's Mountain Lakes Pickleball Club assisted in setting up for the tourney and managing other activities.

Professional players presented clinics on Thursday prior to the tourney for players to improve their game skills. Nationally-ranked players Deb Harrison, Dee Ahern and Byron and Marsha Freso led the well-attended clinics.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

USA Masters Games: Big News!

USA Masters Games

Pickleball will be included for the first time as one of the sports at the USA Masters Games for the first time, July 22-24, 2016.  The Games fee has been reduced to $60 per person.  Registration is open through June 30, 2016.  Get in the Games today!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Atlantic South Regional Players Take Home the Hardware

From Regional Director Karen Parrish
What an amazing experience it was for everyone in attendance at the 2016 US Open Pickleball Championships! The Atlantic South Region showed that we are a force to be reckoned with:

Gold Medals – 33     Silver Medals – 41     Bronze Medals – 37

Congratulations to our very own District Ambassador Jim Ludwig and the Spirit Promotions Team of Terri Graham and Chris Evon as well as Creative Director and Social Media Director Johnathan Clay, Co-Tournament Directors Dan Whitley and Tom Utterback, and US Open Media and Hospitality Director Connie Martin in addition to the countless number of volunteers including referees. There aren’t enough words to say how much we appreciate your hard work and dedication and look forward to next year’s tournament. 

Pickleball was on the map before, but this tournament has launched us to the next level. For complete results and pictures make sure you check out their website at

IMPORTANT:  Play from the tournament will be televised on CBS SPORTS NETWORK on May 20 and May 23 at 7PM (ET).

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Goose Creek Pickleball Tournament

The first Pickleball Tournament held at the Goose Creek Community Center on April 28, 2016 was a huge success!  Twenty-six (26) teams, with players from all over the Charleston, SC area competed in the double elimination, random draw tournament. There were five (5) beginner teams, twelve (12) intermediate teams, and nine (9) advanced teams.

Beginner Division:

1st place: Kelly Bocock & Leticia Kenty

2nd place: Linda Crace & Jim Moseley

Intermediate Division:

1st place: Mark Cohen & Gene Borzendowski (our Recreation staff member who filled in last minute!)

2nd place: Mike Hutchinson & Charlotte Proper

Advanced Division:

1st place: Kim Fravhiger & Sam Shaw

2nd place: Paula Belfiore & Barb Doughty